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Suvarnamukhi and Thottikallu: Trekking along Bangalore’s outskirts

Suvarnamukhi and Thottikallu: Trekking along Bangalore’s outskirts

Overview: I had done this as two separate trips but both the places are interconnected and can be done by trekking between the places. Lying just on the outskirts of Bangalore is Suvarnamukhi next to Bannerghatta National Park. While travelling towards Bannerghatta, there is a curve which leads to Bannerghatta National Park and there is a straight road just next to it which takes us to the Champakadhama temple. The temple is at the foothills and the complex is nice with a huge gopuram resembling temples of Tamil Nadu and once having darshan of the Lord, we can proceed towards Laxminarasimhaswamy temple for which we have to climb a rocky boulder with steps carved on it. The climb itself is not very taxing and can be easily done by people of all ages. the route takes us to a small temple enroute and then will lead us into the jungles of Bannerghatta. Its a nice walk with pilgrims walking alongside so there is not a sense of loneliness on the way. It is believed that this is home to a variety of bird species but we could not spot many as it was mid-day. On the way there is a trail of stones made into a circular path within which we can complete a round would yield us blessings. Further ahead we have the Suvarnamukhi pond after which the entire place is named. The pond is believed to have medicinal powers and there is a small temple as well. Here a lot of people can be seen having a dip in the holy waters and visiting the temple. The pilgrims usually complete this 4 km trek and head back towards Bannerghatta.
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The more adventurous can take the onward route which takes us to Kagglipura on Kanakapura road passing through Thottikal falls and a small but beautiful village. The trek is of around 4 kms and will lead to the base of the falls. The waterfalls are great during the rains when there is plenty of water. There is a small temple as well after the falls dedicated to Muneeshwara swamy. On crossing the TK falls the road leads to Kagglipura through a village and farmlands which is pleasing to the eyes. This should make a complete day's trip.
Thottikallu falls
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How to reach: There are frequent buses from Majestic, KR Market and Shivajinagar to Bannerghatta to reach Champakadhama temple. From Kagglipura again there are plenty of buses heading towards Majestic, KR Market, and Banashankari. 
Food/Accommodation: Not many options available for food. Its better to carry food and water from home.

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  1. I have been around Bannerghatta area quite a lot of times but never been to Suvarnamukhi so far, will try this sometime soon.
    On one of our last trails, we went to the TK falls area, went upto the temple and walked along the riverbed for a little distance and returned back. (probably we lost where the falls was located)!

  2. Will plan to visit this place...thanks for sharing

  3. Yeah TK Falls, had been there long back.. excellent place :)
    We had climbed up the waterfalls alonside the water :D

  4. Great article and useful weblog. Thanks for publishing this. It’s useful and informative. Keep up the great.
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  5. only in ful moon day r black moon day it wil be opened in this temple, every one has to see this powerful temple...

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  7. our first trek in blore was to rayakottai fort...shall follow your blog and explore more places...great information...

  8. Hi Good information to chillout with our family for 1 day...Keep posting such places in and around bangalore...

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  10. I have been there recently. Nice place.. close to city. read my full review here

  11. Anyway you travel, Las Marinas offers click this link here now guests an appealing goal for winter trekking occasions.

  12. For some reasons the pics are not loaded in any of your blog. but very well written.
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